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Give Me Liberty

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"The two great political parties in America represent only one English party, the middle-class Liberal party, the party of industrialism and freedom," H.G. Wells once observed. "There are no Tories…and no Labor Party….All Americans are, from the English point of view, Liberals of one sort or another."

Partisans on both sides today seem intent on proving Wells wrong. A self-identified socialist, Bernie Sanders, is one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, while conservative thinkers such as Notre Dame's Patrick Deneen explicitly place Enlightenment values in their intellectual crosshairs. But as leading lights of left and right try to outdo each other dumping on classical liberalism, presidential historian Richard Brookhiser reminds us just how inextricably the liberal concept of political freedom is woven into the American idea.

In Give Me Liberty, a 13-part podcast from National Review based on Brookhiser's new book of the same name, he and election historian Luke Thompson discuss the origins of American exceptionalism. Each episode examines an important "document" from the last 400 years—from the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance, which set the stage for religious tolerance as we know it, to the Gettysburg Address, to Emma Lazarus' paean to immigration, "The New Colossus" (source of the famous line "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"). Whatever the specific topic under consideration, the major takeaway is, as Thompson puts it, that "America is a story with liberty at its heart."

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  1. The radical left wing Marxism espoused by this magazine and the entirety of the rest of the media is nothing less than the 100% predictable consequence of the ”””””Enlightenment”””””. Turns out when you obliterate all vestiges of 6,000 years or so of human tradition in pursuit of the almighty buck it’s kind of hard to say “stop” when you end up against the wall. The only slight consolation is that the useful idiots like you will suffer the swiftest and most spectacular consequences for your pathetic obsequiousness to the ”””””Enlightened””””” new world order you will impose on the rest of us.

    1. Someday, I hope to look out my window and see an Enlightened™ corpse swinging from every lamppost.

    2. Enlightenment
      No, Enwokenment.

    3. “The radical left wing Marxism espoused by this magazine”

      LOL

      Above all else, Koch / Reason libertarianism seeks to make the richest people on the planet even richer. That’s literally the opposite of Marxism.

      #BillionairesKnowBest

    4. Are you really advocating for a return to the Monarchy? Serfdom for all but the powerful elite. No thanks, Klemens von Metternich, I prefer my Enlightenment and liberalism.

      1. Are you really advocating for a return to the Monarchy?

        Are you actually so motherfucking braindamaged that you think the only other system of government besides amoral capitalist oligarchy is monarchy? What am I saying, you’re a Reason acolyte. Of course you’re that motherfucking braindamaged.

        Serfdom for all but the powerful elite. No thanks, Klemens von Metternich, I prefer my Enlightenment and liberalism.

        AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        You do understand that so-called western society is more socially and economically stratified now than it was in the middle ages, right? The material standards of living are different, but the social hierarchy is worse. We are now ruled by an even smaller cadre of elites. The great thing about this type of system is that it keeps absolute fucking retards like you at a level of manageable material prosperity and constantly chasing social and economic advancement that you will never be allowed to achieve, so that you not only don’t realize you’re a serf, you actually defend your serfdom with the whole of your tiny little pea sized mind.

        1. You know how in Brave New World the epsilons were happy as fuck because they were deliberately bred too unintelligent to rise above their station and kept complacent with free drugs and luxuries? If you could possibly conceptualize an epsilon with a slightly lower IQ, that’d be your ”””””libertarian””””” foot soldier. Goddamn.

        2. Why don’t you enlighten me on what form of government you are advocating then. Oh and I do love my material wealth, its my opioid I admit. I like having the money to go skiing across this great nation or living in a nice neighborhood with little to no crime. Sucks that you can’t achieve the happiness you so desperately seem to seek but don’t speak for me; I’m all good.

    5. “The plea to preserve “tradition” as such, can appeal only to those who have given up or to those who never intended to achieve anything in life. It is a plea that appeals to the worst elements in men and rejects the best: it appeals to fear, sloth, cowardice, conformity, self-doubt—and rejects creativeness, originality, courage, independence, self-reliance. It is an outrageous plea to address to human beings anywhere, but particularly outrageous here, in America, the country based on the principle that man must stand on his own feet, live by his own judgment, and move constantly forward as a productive, creative innovator.” – Ayn Rand

  2. Woke liberty is not liberty

    For example, do you have to bake the cake, do we have to have special classes of folks that get special rights (the CRA) . is it Ok for the government to give special consideration for the special classes of folks (AA)

    There is an element of “both sides” but the anti-liberty ratio is about 10:1 liberal.

    Reason only seems to care about open border, legalizing drugs. All other infringements on liberty are OK as long as those being infringed are the wrong kind of folks.

    1. Don’t forget the hookers (sex workers), Reason seems very fond of them as well.

      1. They never gave much of a shit about that either until self-confessed unsuccessful whore Elizabeth Nolan Brown came on board. They decided to throw her a bone and let her have space for her hobby horse. Probably in exchange for certain… favors. God knows she has absolutely nothing else to offer society besides an available hole.

        1. What’s your damage, Heather? Did ENB steal your boyfriend or something?

  3. As Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty, or give me common sense gun control!”

    Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

    “Give me liberty, or give me free healthcare!!”

    Hmmm, no…

  4. Thanks for sharing it. Love your content!
    Keep up the good work! Will definitely follow it up… cheap cigarettes

  5. Tolong terjemahkan dong, tidak paham artinya : )
    Mungkin saya pasang link aja, Latansa

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